Identification and information to bring with you
You will need to have the mother’s full legal name, maiden name, place of birth, and Social Security number or official ID number if you are a green card holder. In North Carolina the mother is not required to list the father of the child if she does not choose to. If you choose to list the father of the child then you will need his full name.
Other things to know
In some cases the birth certificate is also used to gather information on the general population. You may be required to provide some demographic information about both parents, such as where you were born, (City, State, Country, and sometimes what hospital). Marital status of the parents, race and education level.
During filling out this form you will also decide if the child will receive a social security number themselves. You can opt to do this step later. If you select to have the application for this be a part of the filling then you will receive the card in the mail a few weeks later.
You will not go home with an ‘official copy’ of the birth certificate. To get this you will have to visit the register of deeds and pay for a copy, or you can request it online HERE
Prepare ahead of time
I recommend that you put together a folder that is part of your ‘labor packing’ that has copies of your birth plan, a page that you have printed out your baby’s name, all of mom and dad’s information and demographic info in case it is needed. Each State will vary on the information that it will ask for. Also print out your mailing address, so that you are sure that anything being mailed to you later ( the social security card) will come to the correct address.